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Study: Employees’ ‘doctor shopping’ costs you big

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Injured employees sometimes go door-to-door seeking a sympathetic doctor who will provide a diagnosis to extend their workers’ comp benefits.

A new Johns Hopkins University study shows how prevalent such “doctor shopping” is. It says less than 4% of treating physicians account for more than 72% of workers’ comp costs.

The study looked at workers’ comp cases over a five-year period in Louisiana, which allows injured workers to choose their doctors. Some states don’t.

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